Kenya’s William Ruto to officially launch bid for presidency

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Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto will on Tuesday officially begin the race to succeed his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta who is due to retire in August.

Ruto’s party, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) will officially endorse him after holding its National Delegates’ Convention in Nairobi.


His main rival will be oppositional leader Raila Odinga.

Today’s rally by Ruto and his supporters comes three days after the party’s National Executive Committee declared him fit to run for the presidency.

It also comes three days after a coalition of 24cpolirical parties including President Kenyatta’s Jubilee party endorsed Odinga to run for the presidency.

It will be Odinga’s 5th attempt and Ruto’s first.

More than 10 000 delegates are expected to crown Ruto, marking the official split between him and his boss who has opted to support their former political rival Odinga.

Kenyatta challenges Ruto to resign 

In August last year, Kenyatta challenged his two-term deputy Ruto to resign so that he can run the government with those who agree with his agenda.

Speaking to Kenyan media editors, Kenyatta said he has an agenda for the nation, which he would like to complete but argued that Ruto was not keen to work with him in achieving it.

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